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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jul 12, 2009 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Playing in the Bands by Year

Most of my faves have already been covered here (11/18/72, 6/16/74, etc).

I think a pretty good case could be made that the vast majority of versions played between spring '72 though mid ‘74 belong on any list of definitive PITBs. That really seems to be the heyday of the song. Like "Eyes of the World", the post hiatus versions of this tune don’t seem quite as magical to me. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but (with a handful of strong exceptions) they just seem to be missing that something extra.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Jul 12, 2009 11:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Playing in the Bands by Year

Is there an analysis of the changing structure of this song?

Playing in the Band seems to be like water -- whose color changes with the color of the vessel. Comparing shows just a month apart, 8/27/72 and 9/28/72, the direction of improv and the moods are different.

Are there songs that naturally fit inside this improvisatory space and can be recognized? It appears that my short term memory is worn down and I always forget to write this stuff down.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jul 12, 2009 1:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Playing in the Bands by Year

I've not seen anything on "PITB" as comprehensive as the excellent "Evolution of Dark Star" piece that was floating around a few years back (apologies to the author but my text of file of that doesn't give credit). It would be interesting to see something charted from "The Main Ten" onward, although I don't think it would be as intricate.